Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Homemade Apple Butter


On Thanksgiving morning I like to serve scones. This year I am serving pumpkin cranberry scones that go really really well with Apple butter. Instead of buying the apple butter, I decided to just make my own in the crock pot. It makes my house smell like apple pie all day long and it is simple to do. For this recipe you do not even need to peel the apples. Just take the core out. The apple peels disintegrate as they cook down. I got that great tip from a reader on Facebook. Thank you Kathryn! This recipe makes several jars full. Give as gifts, or cut the recipe in half. 

Gluten-Free Homemade Apple Butter
adapted from Eating Bird Food
10 medium Apples
2 cups Apple Juice
1/2 cup sugar -or- agave nectar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
Place cored and sliced apples (not peeled) into a large crock-pot or slow cooker.
Add the remaining ingredients.
Stir and turn on your crock-pot to high for 7 hours or low for 14.
The liquid will reduce and the apples will be very soft and dark in color.
Turn off the crock pot and let the apples cool down for 30 minutes.
Then transfer the mixture into a blender (or use a hand/stick blender) and blend until completely smooth. I store mine in the fridge. 
Great for dipping fruit in, spreading on your favorite gluten-free scones, and many many other things. 

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